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Grand Master Yoda
"Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try."

Species: Unknown

Homeworld: Unknown

Portrayed by: Frank Oz (lead puppeteer), Deep Roy (The Empire Strikes Back; body double), Warwick Davis (The Phantom Menace; body double)
Voiced by: Frank Oz (the theatrical films, Rebels), Tom Kane (The Clone Wars, Forces of Destiny), Marc Thompson (Dooku: Jedi Lost)
Voiced by (French dub): Serge Lhorca (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), Jean Lescot (Prequel Trilogy, The Clone Wars), Denis Boileau (second voice in The Clone Wars)
Appearances: Dooku: Jedi Lost | Master & Apprentice | Marvel Star Wars | The Phantom Menace | Attack of the Clones | Jedi of the Republic | The Clone Wars | Forces of Destiny | Dark Disciple | Revenge of the Sith | Rebels | The Empire Strikes Back | Return of the Jedi | The Force Awakensnote  | The Last Jedi

"And well you should not. For my ally in the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. It’s energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you…me…the tree…the rock…everywhere! Yes, even between this land and that ship."

Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master that witnessed the rise and fall of the Galactic Republic as well as the rise of the Galactic Empire. He was revered among his fellow Jedi for his advanced age and wisdom in addition to serving as Grand Master of the Jedi Order during the latter days of the Republic and also held a seat on the Jedi High Council along with other legendary masters such as Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi. For over 800 years, he mentored others in the ways of the Force and had a hand in the training of many Jedi during their time as younglings.

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  • Ace Custom: During the Clone Wars, he pilots a unique looking Jedi Interceptor that has his personal crest painted on one of the wings.
  • Actually, Him I Am: When Luke is looking for Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, he appears to him as a mischievous swamp creature who claims to know Yoda, then proceeds to waste Luke's time in looking for him in order to test his patience.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Yoda initially declines Obi-Wan's insistence that Luke be trained as a Jedi, claiming that Luke was too old to begin Jedi training. His story in From a Certain Point of View reveals that he never wanted to train Luke in the first place, he wanted to train Leia instead, believing her brother Luke was too much like his fallen father.
  • Ambadassador: He went on a diplomatic mission in "Ambush" to convince King Katuunko of Toydaria to aid the Republic, during which he was forced to take on a battalion of Separatist droids with only three clone troopers to help him.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: His body vanishes upon dying, meaning he has become one with the Force.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Given his status as a serene, enlightened Old Master, his style in combat is surprisingly aggressive. It is also a canonical attribute: His Form IV: Ataru fighting style is dubbed "The Aggression Form" and considered to be one of the two most aggressive lightsaber combat forms ever developed by the Order.
  • Attack Reflector: He is capable of catching Force lightning with his bare hands, and in the case of Dooku's, even throw it right back at him. Despite Ataru's weaknesses to blaster fire and multiple opponents, Yoda's mastery of the form was such that he was able to defeat multiple blaster orientated opponents, and can deflect their bolts as well as any other Jedi.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the de facto leader of the Jedi Order and the most powerful Jedi of his time.
  • Badass Adorable: He is the one of the most iconic examples of this trope ever. His short height, adorable green appearance, big cute eyes, and wisdom knows no limits. And yet, one of the most powerful Force users and sword fighters of the Star Wars Canon.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Possibly. The ability to conjure lightning with the Force is traditionally associated with the Dark Side. In The Last Jedi, his Force spirit arguably doesn't conjure lightning, but summons it from the stormy sky to destroy the tree containing the original Jedi manuscripts.
  • Barefoot Sage / Magical Barefooter: He's never seen wearing shoes and is one of the wisest and most powerful Jedi that ever lived.
  • Benevolent Boss: Yoda is always friendly and understanding with his charges, although he is initially reluctant to accept Qui-Gon's insistence that Anakin become a Jedi. Despite not being close to Anakin and a bit wary of him due to his propensity for recklessness and arrogance, he never berates him the way Mace Windu does and even takes the time to listen to his problems and offer him some advice (even if Anakin ultimately doesn't find it helpful).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When facing Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, Yoda proves that behind the demeanor of a grandfatherly Jedi Master is a ridiculously skilled swordsman, ready and willing to give the Count the fight of his life. In Revenge of the Sith, Yoda proves this even further, decapitating two clone troopers with a single blow.
  • Big Good: He serves as this in the Original and Prequel Trilogies, being the leader and wisest of intergalactic peacekeepers.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An often eccentric and whimsical little creature who isn't the Grand Master of the Jedi Order without damn good reason.
  • The Cameo: Yoda, as voiced by Frank Oz, is heard in The Force Awakens during Rey's Force vision and seen on Ahch-to alongside Luke in The Last Jedi.
  • Combat Parkour: Oh yes. Yoda's lightsaber form, Form IV: Ataru, is noted to comprise nothing but acrobatics. It utilizes the Force to enable a ridiculous level of agility, allowing the user to employ somersaults, leaps, cartwheels and spins in every strike. Just look at his duels with Dooku and Sidious.
    • Yoda's use of Ataru is arguably justified, as his small stature relative to most other beings in the galaxy means that he is almost always at a height disadvantage. Though this also means that one of the form's primary weaknesses of confined spaces is rarely ever an issue for Yoda.
  • Connected All Along: Revenge of the Sith reveals he had met Chewbacca; in fact, they fought together during the Clone Wars and Chewie helped Yoda escape Kashyyyk after the execution of Order 66.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's got a good sense of humor, which he presents in The Clone Wars, the Original Trilogy, and the Sequel Trilogy. However, he's also very wise and an adept teacher.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his senile behavior in his initial encounter with Luke, Yoda soon reveals himself as an incredibly wise and powerful Jedi.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Unless you're a high level Jedi or Sith, facing Yoda ends in this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not even Master Yoda is above a little snark now and then.
    Obi-Wan: So, how was my funeral?
    Yoda: A better performance than you, your corpse gave.
  • Doting Parent: To every warrior in the Jedi Order, younglings in particular... when not giving them Training from Hell, that is.
  • Dramatic Drop: When he senses the deaths of all his fellow Jedi after the execution of Order 66, there's a close-up of him dropping his walking stick in shock and grief.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Has a funny way of speaking, but still very capable and wise, he is.
  • Elderly Immortal: He's 900, although he does look like it.
    Yoda: [indignantly] When nine hundred years you reach, look as good you will not, hmm?
  • Emerald Power: Yoda, who is green skinned, with a green lightsaber no less, is one of the strongest Jedi there is.
  • Enemy Without: One of his trials in "Destiny" involves him facing his own inner darkness, which takes the form of a shadowy, demonic version of himself with Glowing Eyes of Doom.
  • Evolutionary Retcon: An inversion occurred with the Prequel Trilogy. When he first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda was created with puppets. In Attack of the Clones, Yoda was created using 100% CGI, and in the George Lucas Altered Version of The Phantom Menace, the puppet was replaced with CGI. In The Last Jedi, he's a puppet again.
  • The Exile: Like Obi-Wan, he hides from The Empire on the swamp planet of Dagobah.
  • Exposition of Immortality: Yoda already looks like he's seen his fair share of years; walking stick, not much hair, crotchety old man. And clearly, he's been around for a while if he was the Jedi Master who trained Obi-Wan Kenobi, himself no spring chicken by A New Hope. Nevertheless, a sense of his true age is held back until he turns around and says:
    Yoda: What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained.
  • Expressive Ears: His mood can be easily read from them.

  • Fading Away: In Return of the Jedi, this is how he dies. Having grown increasingly weak in his old age and knowing that he is dying, he calls Luke to his home to impart some dramatic Final Words, closes his eyes, and vanishes.
  • A Father to His Men: He encourages the clone troopers to develop self identity.
  • Flanderization: The Prequel Trilogy and especially The Clone Wars exaggerate how often he uses his iconic syntax, whereas in the Original Trilogy, he would occasionally speak in the typical grammatical order. His appearance in The Last Jedi sees the Flanderization reversed as he's capable of speaking normally again.
  • Friend to All Children: He personally trains Jedi younglings who have no masters of their own, and encourages the kind of wisdom only someone as pure as a child can have.
  • Frontline General: He involves himself on many battlefields during the Clone Wars, leading armies of clone troopers against the Confederacy.
  • Good Counterpart: By Word of God, Yoda embodies the Light Side of the Force as much as Darth Sidious represents the Dark Side.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Yoda puts Luke through Training from Hell to perform inhuman feats of strength, dexterity and stamina as part of his Jedi training. The implication, however, is that Luke is being forced to rely on the Force; Yoda is making him perform superhuman feats that, as a human, Luke is not capable of performing, but as a Jedi, with the Force flowing through him, he is.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Yoda becomes this during the Original Trilogy, being a very old, very wise, and very powerful Jedi Master, who nevertheless serves only to train Luke to go on to fight Darth Vader and the Emperor. The Prequel Trilogy and The Clone Wars made attempts to address why this is the case.
  • Hermit Guru: In the Original Trilogy, he lives in the swamps of the remote planet Dagobah where he trains Luke.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has a very brief one in Revenge of the Sith after the execution of Order 66, dropping his walking stick, clutching his chest, and almost collapsing when he senses the death of most of his fellow Jedi. He quickly snaps out of it, though.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: In terms of production, Yoda didn't show up until The Empire Strikes Back, and he is easily one of the most famous and recognizable characters in the franchise and one of the Series Mascots
  • Immortality Seeker: After being contacted by Qui-Gon Jinn in "Voices", Yoda begins a quest to discover how to keep his identity after becoming one with the Force after death, culminating in his trials under the Five Priestesses in "Destiny" and his rejection of the Sith Lords in "Sacrifice".
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • While there are several examples of Good Is Not Soft among Jedi and Yoda himself can be a good example, he appears to be the one who most firmly stays away from the Dark Side. This is also subverted, as "Destiny" shows that he isn't entirely incorruptible, as the trial of hubris had him confronting his own inner darkness, born from "spending [his] days in the decadence of war", and then Double Subverted in that he overcomes his own hubris by acknowledging that he does have a Dark Side and then rejecting it.
    • It's implied in Revenge of the Sith that Yoda's overpowering of Sidious at the end of their battle came from him briefly tapping into the Dark Side. His self imposed exile was an attempt to avoid falling into it again by avoiding open conflict with the Sith. This is why he stresses the importance of how Jedi choose to fight to Ezra, who has flirted with the Dark Side himself.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: He's just a short, green, centuries-old alien who is quite possibly the most powerful Jedi alive. How he got that way is officially the one Noodle Incident the Expanded Universe will never touch.
  • Lack of Empathy: Yoda can often be rather unsympathetic when his students struggle to follow the Jedi way. For example, when Anakin states that the life of someone important to him is at risk, he simply responds that he shouldn't mourn or miss them, and should rejoice that the person is now one with the Force. This comes back hard on Yoda once Order 66 is executed — he's clearly pained by the deaths of all of his students. It's possible that he's also speaking from personal experience – he has lived for centuries and if he dwelt on the pain of every loved one he'd ever lost in that time period, he'd be an emotional wreck.
  • Large Ham: In The Empire Strikes Back, during his "crazy local creature" act. He also yells louder than Mel Gibson in Braveheart whenever he's engaged in combat.
  • Laser Blade: He wields a green-bladed lightsaber, which has a shorter length than a normal lightsaber due to his height.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last known Jedi before Luke comes to him to complete his training. In a more literal sense, while it is never stated he is the last of his race or anything, he might well be, given that we have not seen other living members of his race after his death in any medium that are part of the Canon.
  • A Lesson in Defeat: Yoda sends Luke into the cave to experience the Dark Side of the Force. When he thinks he kills Vader, the mask explodes and reveals Luke's own face, showing that he could give into the Dark Side himself.
  • Little Green Men: His species is green and stands at two feet tall. Darth Sidious even calls him "my little green friend".
  • Living Legend: In the Original Trilogy, everybody refers to Yoda as if he were the one invincible, unmatchable Jedi. However, although he was the most famous Jedi in the galaxy and his death was never confirmed, not twenty years later there's not a single record of what Yoda looked like for Luke to consult. Justified, because the Empire has been systematically destroying records about the Jedi.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained Count Dooku, one of the villains in the Canon, who in turn trained Qui-Gon, who then trained Obi-Wan, who then trained Anakin. On his deathbed, Yoda entrusts Luke with passing down what he has learned from Obi-Wan and him.
  • Master Swordsman: As shown in Attack of the Clones, The Clone Wars, and Revenge of the Sith. He managed to defeat Count Dooku in addition to destroying a significant amount of a Separatist droids and actually overpowering Darth Sidious with swordplay, only losing the advantage when the Emperor began attacking with the Force.
  • Meaningful Name: Yoda means "warrior" in Sanskrit, though we don't see him live up to his namesake until Attack of the Clones. It also means "one who knows" in Hebrew.
  • Mentor Archetype: He is a mentor to the Jedi Order in the Prequel Trilogy, but more specifically, he was once Dooku's Jedi Master, and trains Luke in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Mentor Mascot: One of the most recognizable symbols of the franchise, he is, and he's a mentor to boot.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Yoda passes away in Return of the Jedi, although it's due to old age rather than being killed.
  • Mind over Matter: Yoda is incredibly strong with telekinesis, capable of lifting or manipulating things much bigger than himself, including stopping a massive pillar from crushing Obi-Wan and Anakin and 'catching' a repulsorpod Sidious has flung at him in midair, spinning it and flinging it right back at him. He teaches Luke how to use the Force to move large objects, explaining that when it comes to the Force size is ultimately irrelevant. He also managed to pull an X-wing from a swamp.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: He's 900 years old, and barely reaches to knee level of most characters. Justified, since he's an alien.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: While he doesn't utter the phrase, his expression just screams that he's blaming himself when Ahsoka refuses to return to the Order, which is revisited in "Destiny". In the same scene, he is shown to react this way whenever he feels he's steered the Jedi wrong.
  • My Greatest Failure: His failure to defeat the Emperor in Revenge of the Sith is what spurs him to go into exile and train Luke to finish the job for him.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Yoda is shown on a few occasions to be capable of sensing significant events occurring far away. In Attack of the Clones, he senses Anakin's grief and rage over his mother's death and massacre of the Tusken Raiders on Tatooine while he's on Coruscant; although he doesn't seem to know exactly what happened, he does know Anakin is involved and that he is "in terrible pain". In The Clone Wars, he senses a shift in the Force and determines that thieves will arrive at the Temple. In Revenge of the Sith, he senses the deaths of hundreds of Jedi across the galaxy following the execution of Order 66.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is revealed about his background, not even the name of his species, only one other member of which is known in the theatrical films.

  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Yoda is a wizard/alien/old master.
  • No Body Left Behind: His body disappears when he dies, leaving behind an empty bed.
  • No Name Given: Not Yoda, but his species. Their Wookieepedia article calls them "Yoda's Species".
  • Noodle Incident: According to Huyang, how he got the crystal for his lightsaber is a very interesting story.
  • No-Sell: Dooku's Sith lightning does not work against him; even Palpatine's fails to kill him with a direct hit.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to be a wacky old hermit in The Empire Strikes Back as a test of Luke's patience and tolerance of strangers. Fail miserably, Luke does.
  • Old Master: Fits the archetype of being deceptively old and small. Not only is he still among the wisest in his knowledge of the Force but, thanks to the CGI of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, we get to see just how adept he is with a lightsaber.
  • Older and Wiser: He has acquired tremendous wisdom through his centuries-old life. It proves useful to shake Luke out of the doubts he had with the Jedi and the Force in The Last Jedi.
  • One-Man Army: During the Clone Wars, he takes down Ventress' droid army on Rugosa almost singlehandedly. Following the execution of Order 66, he cuts down clone troopers in droves in Revenge of the Sith.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Any time he speaks a grammatically correct sentence.
    Yoda: Fear is the path to the Dark Side: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
  • Peaceful in Death: He dies of old age and becomes one with the Force, after completing his life’s purpose. How many Star Wars characters can say that?
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: This less-than-a-meter-tall alien is said to be a "great warrior" in The Empire Strikes Back, but he doesn't really showcase it... until Attack of the Clones, where he fights Count Dooku with a flurry of flips and slashes.
  • Pointy Ears: Befitting his elf-like appearance.
  • Posthumous Character: He appears as a Force spirit in the last shot of Return of the Jedi and again in The Last Jedi.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Towards Sidious before their climatic duel in Revenge of the Sith:
    Sidious: At last, the Jedi are no more.
    Yoda: Not if anything to say about it, I HAVE! (flings Sidious across the room with the Force)
  • Proverbial Wisdom: Downplayed; he doesn't quote actual proverbs, but his unusual speech manner makes everything he says sound like one.
  • Psychic Powers: Even greater than those of other Jedi. In Revenge of the Sith, he senses the deaths of Jedi all over the galaxy, and in The Empire Strikes Back, he easily lifted Luke's X-Wing from the swamp when Luke himself failed.
  • Reluctant Warrior: This does not, however, mean he doesn't know how to use a lightsaber when he needs to.
  • Retired Badass: By the time of the Original Trilogy, he has retreated to a lonely planet in self-imposed isolation.
  • Riddle for the Ages: George Lucas typically didn't involve himself in the EU very much, but it's known that one of the few things he's explicitly forbade EU authors from doing is revealing the name of Yoda's species, or much of his mysterious past. There are only a few hints about the Jedi that Yoda was before the days of the Prequel Trilogy, and it's not likely that they'll ever fully be explored.
  • Screaming Warrior: He lets out a Kiai-like yell while fighting Dooku in Attack of the Clones.
  • Shock and Awe: In The Last Jedi he strikes a tree with a bolt. Albeit, unlike the Sith force lightning, it was summoned from the sky in a Bolt of Divine Retribution way, though it could be because he was a force spirit at that point.
  • Spirit Advisor: Since he became one with the Force after his death, Yoda can continue to offer guidance and assurance to Luke as a spirit, most notably when he appears to a victorious Luke at the end of Return of the Jedi.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Hmm, yes he is? Agree, you do.
  • Supporting Leader: During the assault on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones and the battle on Kashyyyk in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: During his conversation with Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To during The Last Jedi, he claims that the goal of all mentors should be to cause this trope in their students.
  • This Cannot Be!: Yoda uttered this phrase when Qui-Gon contacted him and proved his existence by telekinetically levitating Yoda and everything moveable in Yoda's quarters.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Throws his lightsaber into the chest of a clone trooper in Revenge of the Sith. Of course, all Jedi are telekinetic thanks to the Force.
  • Trickster Mentor:
    • He shows signs of being this in "The Gathering". When the younglings are warned that the ice door to the crystal cave will seal behind them at day's end, they all assume it will take another 19 days (how long it takes for the sun to rise on Ilum) to escape. At the end, Petro crashes through the ice to escape. When called on it, Yoda points out that the door is just ice and not that difficult to break if you're determined. They were only trapped by their own fears.
    • In The Last Jedi, as Luke is wallowing in despair and threatened to burn the hollowed out tree containing original Jedi texts and hesitates, Yoda calls down lightning to strike the tree and set the tree on fire, dismissing the loss of the texts as irrelevant. He makes a reference to Rey already having all she needs during his speech to Luke. The audience sees later that she stole the texts before leaving, so they are perfectly safe and Yoda knew this.
  • Troll: Comes with being a Trickster Mentor, it might be hard to tell apart the instances of when he's fucking around with people, trying to teach them something or trying to teach them something while fucking around with them, although its normally that last one.
  • Verbal Tic: Backwards, his grammatical order is.
  • Weak, but Skilled: When compared to Darth Sidious, as while the Sith fends Yoda off by sheer Force power, Yoda outmatches him in swordplay and mobility. Somewhat subverted at the end, as Yoda manages to pull somewhat of a Force stalemate with him in their Beam-O-War.
  • The Wonka: The clone troopers under his command can't figure out what he says half the time; one of them even admitted that "there's no figuring a Jedi Master", but they follow his lead because they know there's a method to his madness. They're right.
  • World's Best Warrior: Together with Mace Windu and Anakin Skywalker, Yoda is considered one of the best lightsaber duelists the Order had to offer by the Clone Wars' end.

Dark Yoda

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